Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times

Mikael Wood

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Mikael:

Lucy Dacus talks about revisiting adolescence on 'Home Video'

For her new album, singer-songwriter Lucy Dacus combed through her teenage journals to gain perspective on her Christian upbringing and sexuality. → Read More

The real impact of Nirvana's "Nevermind," 30 years later

Legend has it that Nirvana's 'Nevermind' and the grunge boom ended hair-metal careers and dominated popular music. An in-depth look back tells another story. → Read More

Red Hot Chili Peppers' 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik': oral history

As 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik' turns 30, here's the inside story of the making of the classic album, as told by the band, producer Rick Rubin and more. → Read More

An impassioned Lil Nas X triumphs over haters and homophobes on debut album

The singer, rapper and internet savant has finally released his full-length debut, 'Montero,' which strikes an impressive balance between craft and heart. → Read More

No pop star was too old for this year's VMAs

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, MTV mixed young stars and veteran acts at the annual Video Music Awards. → Read More

The story behind Walker Hayes' Applebee's song "Fancy Like"

Country singer Walker Hayes was a journeyman until a song about a date night at a chain restaurant. Now he's on the verge of an unlikely crossover smash. → Read More

Kacey Musgraves seeks post-divorce wellness on Star-Crossed

Kacey Musgraves' new album 'Star-Crossed,' the follow-up to her throes-of-love breakthrough 'Golden Hour,' chronicles the dissolution of the same relationship. → Read More

Drake's 'Certified Lover Boy' is irresistible even when bleak

Drake's sixth album, coming on the heels of rival Kanye West's haphazard 'Donda,' feels deeply aware of its excesses, contradictions and charms. → Read More

Kanye West reeks of desperation on exhausting Donda: review

Despite some thrilling moments and dazzling guest spots, Kanye West seems less interested in quality record-making than ever before: Trolling is now his muse. → Read More

Kanye West releases 'Donda' with Marilyn Manson and DaBaby

Kanye West's 10th album, 'Donda,' released today, features alleged sexual abuser Marilyn Manson, DaBaby, Jay-Z, the Weeknd and Lil Baby on its 27 tracks. → Read More

Revisiting Beach Boys ’70s albums "Surf's Up," "Sunflower"

A new Beach Boys box set with expanded versions of two overlooked 1970s albums, 'Surf's Up' and 'Sunflower,' makes a strong case for their post-peak greatness. → Read More

25 essential concerts, festivals and albums for fall

Delta variant be damned, many of our favorite artists are either performing at star-studded festivals, headlining concerts or releasing new albums this fall. → Read More

20 years after her death, Aaliyah is still a mystery. But her music stands the test of time

Aaliyah, who died 20 years ago today, remade the steamy slow jam as a place for technical innovation with understated vocals that felt radically intimate. → Read More

'Black Girl Songbook' podcast celebrates Black women in music

Season 2 of 'Black Girl Songbook,' from veteran journalist Danyel Smith, premieres Wednesday with an episode on the late Aaliyah. → Read More

Sting endorses vaccines: ‘I'm old enough to remember polio’

On the eve of a new album and his first Las Vegas residency, Sting says it's "a dangerous thing to be telling people: 'Don’t trust the vaccines.'" → Read More

Appreciation: Always just enough and never too much: The steadfast genius of Charlie Watts

The Rolling Stones drummer, who joined the group in 1963 and never missed a gig, died Tuesday at age 80. → Read More

Lorde's 'Solar Power': low-key musings about burden of fame

Lorde's third LP, 'Solar Power,' produced by Jack Antonoff, is uniformly gorgeous but curiously low-key. → Read More

Chris and Rich Robinson swore never to speak again. But for the Black Crowes, rock heals all wounds

After years apart, the Black Crowes perform at the Forum on Thursday, part of a tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of the group’s breakthrough debut. → Read More

Lizzo and Cardi B rag on the haters on 'Rumors'

'Rumors' is Lizzo’s first single since 2019's 'Cuz I Love You' album, which after years of work on the margins brought the singer fully into the mainstream. → Read More

Kanye West livestreams a new version of 'Donda'

Kanye West livestreamed the latest version of 'Donda' from an Atlanta stadium on Thursday night, with new features from The Weeknd, Lil Baby and Jadakiss. → Read More